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mitt romney say early voting could be a decisive factor in the election. obama became the first president to vote early. e usualed his supporters to exercise their rights before election day, november 6th. obama made the same pitch in the 2008 presidential election. votes cast early accounted for about 30% of the total. >> all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to figure out if the you need to take time off from work, figure out how to pick up the kids. >> experts say the share of early votes this time could reach 35%. the figure could exceed to 60% in swing states such as colorado and florida. >>> a new opinion poll suggests romney has topped 50% support among likely voters. that's the first time he's hit that mark. pollsters for abc news and "the washington post" surveyed about 1,400 likely voters from sunday through wednesday. 50% of respondents said they would vote for romney, 37% for obama. the pollsters ask who would better manage the economy. 52% said romney. 43% said obama. the election is decided by the number of electoral vot
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> barack obama and mitt romney are moving from locking horns to locking down votes. the u.s. presidential candidates wrapped up their third and final debate ahead of the november 6th election. they sparred over foreign policy and their discussion touched on everything from the situation in the middle east to relations with china. nhk world's anthony izaki reports from boca raton, florida. >> reporter: it started with a handshake, but the friendliness ended there. president barack obama and mitt romney spent the next 90 minutes to both outwit and outmaneuver each other. obama highlighted the foreign policy achievements of his administration over the past four years. >> we ended the war in iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. and we're now able to transition out of afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that afghans take responsibility for their own security. and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats. >> reporter: on the other hand, romney accus
.s. president barack obama and republican challenger mitt romney have held their second televised debate three weeks ahead of the presidential election. the debate on tuesday featured questions from more than 80 uncommitted voters. the atmosphere was far more heated than in their last encounter. >> in the last four years you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half. >> not true, governor romney. >> so how much did you cut? >> here's what we did. there were a whole bunch of oil companies -- >> i had a question and the question was how much did you cut them by? >> want me to answer a question. >> how much did you cut them by? >> obama criticized romney for promising he won't increase the deficit but failing to address cutting middle-class taxes by calling only for eliminating legal loopholes. romney counterargued that obama's administration has doubled the federal deficit instead of cutting it in half as promised. obama gave a lackluster performance at the first presidential debate. however, he sparked fiercely in the second round. according to a cnn poll soon after th
. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, debated the economy, health care, and the role of government. their debate took place in colorado, one of the battleground states that could decide the election next month. nhk world's mami mochizuki reports from denver. >> reporter: this could turn out to be the most scrutinized event in the election. the first televised debate ahead of the november vote. for both candidates, risks are high. >> president obama and governor romney. [ applause ] >> reporter: americans got their first chance to size up the candidates side by side. they've watched the incumbent for four years. barack obama came into office promising to lead a turnaround. but economy growth has been sluggish. still, he leads in a number of polls, but only just. >> the only way to meet governor romney's pledge of not reducing the deficit, or not adding to the deficit, is by burdening middle-class families. now, that's not my analysis. >> reporter: mitt romney has tried to make the case that his business experience prepares him to lead a recovery. but
maritime development. >>> barack obama and mitt romney will face off late monday in their final debate of the u.s. presidential campaign. but already the president and his republican rival are trading attacks. obama criticized romney for shifting positions on tax cuts for the wealthy and abortion. the president made the comments while campaigning in the closely contested state of virginia. >> he's changing up so much and back tracking and side stepping. we have got to name this condition that he is going through. i think it's called romnesia. >> romney said obama has resorted to petty attacks. a romney campaign official said it was silly for the president of the united states to begin uttering such words. a new poll from nbc news and the "wall street journal" suggest obama and romney are even at 47%. >>> minsters from about 40 countries are meeting in seoul to discuss a new framework on climate change. they're trying to narrow the differences between developed and developing nations. the minsters are preparing for the u.n. conference on climate change next month in doha, qatar. >> we w
romney and i are proposing. >> joe biden defended the president's record, saying the markets were in a free-fall when obama took office. he counterattacked by accusing mitt romney of holding hostage the middle class and not supporting the recovery. >> we knew we had the middle class. we immediately went out and rescued general motors. we cut taxes for the middle class. and in addition to that, when that occurred what did romney do? romney said no, let detroit go bankrupt. >> turning to foreign policy, ryan said the death of the u.s. ambassador to libya last month was a sign that obama's foreign policy is weakening. ryan criticized the current administration for ignoring a demand to strengthen security at the consulate. biden blamed the republican party, saying it pushed for drastic cuts in the security budget of diplomatic institutions. biden also cited the iraq war and the killing of al qaeda leader osama bin laden as major achievements of the obama administration. >>> nhk's correspondent in washington says some observers have criticized joe biden for frequently interrupting his
has put romney in a difficult position. one article says he faces the almost impossible task for defining himself in a story that has gripped the nation. romney's critics have pounced on a comment he made about the federal emergency management agency. he said the agency should be eliminated and its functions handled at state levels. the "new york times" said monday the disaster coordination is one of the federal government's most vital functions. romney reportedly failed to respond when asked on tuesday whether he has reconsidered his position. president obama would be speaking to crowd after crowd in swing states if it hadn't been for the storm. he has less than a week to convince undecided voters. most americans have already examined his record over the past four years. he started his term with a sentiment offered by many of those who came before him. >> that america can change. our union can be perfected. >> many americans have grown tired of what their country was come to represent under george w. bush. obama promised to change at home and abroad. he brought an end to the
romney also canceled all campaign events in the state of virginia on sunday. both candidates are concerned about the impact on voting. >>> united nations officials are urging the government of myanmar to stop an ethnic conflict that's displaced tens of thousands of people. buddhists are fighting a muslim minority in the western state of rakhine state. >> reporter: the conflict involves majority buddhists and minority muslims called rohingyas. local authorities say the latest wave of violence has killed 84 people and wounded more than 120 others. the international group human rights watch released satellite images of muslim homes in the area. compared with photos from march, they reveal heavy damage. the united nations says the latest fighting has forced more than 22,000 people from their homes. the conflict flared in rakhine in may after a group of muslims allegedly assaulted a buddhist woman. the violence has displaced 75,000 people since then. president thein sein has made a policy of promoting reconciliation between ethnic minorities. the government signed a cease-fire in
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